The college basketball season is officially over. Virginia ended up being the last team standing on the dance floor, outlasting Texas Tech in overtime on Monday night in Minneapolis.
Now that the Big Dance is over, it’s time to look back at the preseason predictions and NCAA bracket I made—and see how wrong they were.
The top three predictions came to fruition. Michigan State, Purdue and Michigan were the top three teams in the Big Ten. However, everything after that was a disaster.
I thought Nebraska was a top-5 conference team. That looked semi plausible, right up until Isaac Copeland got hurt; once that happened, all went wrong for the Cornhuskers as they ended in the penultimate spot at the bottom. Another team I put too much stock into was Indiana. I thought the addition of Romeo Langford would shake the rust off the Hoosiers’ winning ways—and for a brief time, that looked like a good prediction. However, Big Ten play was brutal for Archie Miller’s program and IU stumbled.
Iowa and Wisconsin were two other big whiffs I made. The Hawkeyes and Badgers did significantly better than what I thought they’d do. Ethan Happ was one of the best players in the conference for Wiscy, and Jordan Bohannon was just one piece of the Iowa puzzle that got them into the AP Poll throughout the season.
My OSU pick was close. I had the Buckeyes sitting at No. 7 in the preseason prediction; they ended in eighth.
1. Michigan State
7. Ohio State
11. Penn State
T1. Michigan State
8. Ohio State
11. Penn State
Big Ten Player of the Year
Preseason pick: Carsen Edwards, Purdue
Actual: Cassius Winston, Michigan State
I missed the Player of the Year choice, but in a way I’m willing to contest this. Yeah, Winston won the award, but the March run by Edwards was stuff of legend. He nearly beat Virginia by himself, and the Boilermakers were seconds away from punching their ticket to the Final Four.
If they named the conference Player of the Year at the very end of the season—like today—then I think Edwards would win.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Preseason pick: Romeo Langford, Indiana
Actual: Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan
This one was a whiff. I thought Langford would be the de facto choice. Quite frankly, I didn’t even know of a Ignas Brazdeikis until conference play began. John Beilein can recruit, coach, and develop talent, so I’ll be on the lookout next season.
All-Big Ten Selections
Preseason: Carsen Edwards (Purdue), Charles Matthews (Michigan), Romeo Langford (Indiana), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin), James Palmer Jr. (Nebraska)
These were the First Team selections I had at the beginning of the season. In actuality, Edwards and Happ made First Team. Langford made it to Second Team, and Palmer Jr. made it on Third Team. Matthews, however, didn’t make any of the three teams nor did he make honorable mention.
The actual First Team All-Conference included Bruno Fernando (Maryland), Lamar Stevens (Penn State) and Winston.
Big Ten Tournament Championship Game
Preseason pick: Michigan State over Indiana
Actual: Michigan State over Michigan
At least I got half of it. Michigan State was the winner, but my Indiana pick was way off base. Again, I bought big stock in the Hoosiers, only to wind up with nothing.
Preseason [seeding]: Michigan State , Purdue , Indiana , Michigan , Nebraska , Ohio State 
I thought six Big Ten teams were going to go dancing in the preseason. It’s a good thing I was wrong, as eight teams punched their ticket.
Seeding wise, I got Purdue’s correct. And narrowly missed on Michigan State and Ohio State—was one seed off.
Michigan did a lot better this season than I thought. Basically, if I took my Hoosier stock and converted it to Wolverine stock, then I would’ve done astronomically better. But, woe is life.
Indiana and Nebraska were teams that I completely missed on, as none of them went to the NCAA Tournament—but made the NIT. The three teams in my NIT prediction (Maryland, Minnesota and Wisconsin) all made the Big Dance.
Bonus: Final Four
What my bracket had: Duke, Michigan, Kansas State, North Carolina
Actual: Michigan State, Texas Tech, Virginia, Auburn
Basketball predictions are hard. A whole slew of things can happen (e.g. injuries) that can throw off predictions. Even filling out brackets is part science, part art, and part luck.
But, predictions are fun to make.
Anyway, I hope you DVR’d your college basketball games from the past season, as we’ll have to go six months before we see it again.